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The power meter handbook : a user's guide for cyclists and triathletes
Friel, Joe.
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Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : VeloPress : Distributed in the United States and Canada by Ingram Publisher Services, [2012]

Physical Description:
232 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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In The Power Meter Handbook , Joe Friel offers cyclists and triathletes a simple user's guide to using a power meter for big performance gains.

In simple language, the most trusted coach in endurance sports makes understanding a power meter easy, no advanced degrees or tech savvy required.

Cyclists and triathletes will master the basics to reveal how powerful they are. Focusing on their most important data, they'll discover hidden power, refine their pacing, and find out how many matches they can burn on any given day.

Once they understand the fundamentals, Friel will show how to apply his proven training approach to gain big performance in road races, time trials, triathlons, and century rides.

With The Power Meter Handbook , riders will:

Precisely match their training to their race season
Push their limits step by step
Track fitness changes--reliably and accurately
Peak predictably for key events
Vastly improve training efficiency

Power meters aren't just for the pros or racers anymore. Now The Power Meter Handbook makes it easy for any cyclist or triathlete to find new speed with cycling's most advanced gear.

Author Notes

Joe Friel is the best-selling author of The Cyclist's Training Bible and The Triathlete's Training Bible and cofounder of As one of America's most trusted coaches, he has trained national athletes and represented the United States at world championships.

Table of Contents

Part I What is a Power Meter, and How Can It Help Me?
1 Why Use a Power Meter?p. 3
Why Power?p. 5
Why Not Heart Rate, Speed, or Feel?p. 9
Output and Inputp. 16
Warning!p. 17
2 What is Power?p. 21
The Basics of Powerp. 21
How a Power Meter Worksp. 25
Getting Fitter and Faster with Powerp. 26
3 Getting Started with your Power Meterp. 33
What's on Your Handlebars?p. 34
KiloJoules, Average Power, and Normalized Powerp. 40
Power's Relationships with Time and Heart Ratep. 44
Making Sense of it Allp. 47
Part II How Can I Train More Effectively Using My Power Meter?
4 Your Power Zonesp. 51
Power Zonesp. 51
FTP-Your Most Important Numberp. 52
Your Personal Power Zonesp. 61
5 Riding with Intensityp. 71
How Hard Do You Ride?p. 72
How Well Do You Pace?p. 77
Burning Matchesp. 84
6 Fitter and Fasterp. 91
Base Period: Developing Fitnessp. 92
Build Period: Preparing to Race Fastp. 101
Are You Fitter and Faster?p. 105
7 Using Your Power Meter for High Performancep. 117
Power-Training Componentsp. 118
Power and Periodizationp. 125
Performance Managementp. 135
Part III How Can I Use My Power Meter to Improve My Competitive Performance?
8 Power for Road Races and Times Trialsp. 139
What's Important?p. 140
Preparing for Your Racep. 154
9 Power for Triathlonsp. 165
What's Important?p. 166
Preparing for Your Triathlonp. 174
10 Power for Century Ridesp. 191
What's Important?p. 191
Preparing for Your Century Ridep. 201
Appendix A Power-Based Workoutsp. 211
Appendix B Setting Heart Rate Zones for Cyclingp. 217
Appendix C Analysis Softwarep. 219
Glossaryp. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Indexp. 227
About the Authorp. 233